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When even a top cop is not safe
10:25AM Mar 3, 2012
Anonymous_3f4a: Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail has been known as ‘the fixer’ and it’s
high time to clean up the AG’s Chambers and make the position of AG a non-political
Not only the judiciary’s image has been tainted, the AG’s Chambers has also been put in similar
light, never mind the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission).
Indeed, the independence of our democratic institutions, so delicately crafted by our founding
fathers, have been systematically compromised, dismantled and decimated until they now enjoy
little trust and confidence from the public.
Kee Thuan Chye: Malaysians, it’s time to speak up against all manner of abuses of power by
the ruling hegemony.
Whether or not you have been victimised, like former Commercial Crimes Investigation
Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusuff, come forward and tell your story.
This is so that we may purge this land of those who do harm to others and bring ill-repute to the
offices they hold. They don’t deserve to be in charge.
Speak up so we may have a chance for a better Malaysia. Let’s have no more bullshit, please.
Onyourtoes: These are specific allegations against the AG and MACC by a former senior police
officer. Can the AG and MACC remain silent without responding to these allegations?
If what was said was true, how would common people like me get protected from abuse of
power and false accusations?
The only honourable thing to do is for AG and MACC to come out to prove who exactly who was
Loyal Malaysian: Thank you Ramli, for continuing to speak out fearlessly. Yes, there are still
gems in our judiciary who continue to put a spanner into the devious and deceitful manipulations
of the Umnoputras.
To these brave souls, I am sure all loyal Malaysians salute you. I have prayed and will continue
to pray that your case will be one where good finally triumph over evil.

Ksn: Ramli, well done. We need many more men like you with integrity and sheer guts to
safeguard this nation of ours from politicians who are criminals and who have been plundering
this country, especially in the institutions like the police force, the MACC and the AG’s Chambers.
To be specific, the crimes started about 30 years ago after Hussien Onn stepped down as PM.
The rest is history. The restoration of our standards and ethics can happen only under a new
government as the present one is beyond redemption.
Sarawakian_3ff9: Happy birthday, Datuk. It’s very hard to imagine the suffering and
humiliation Ramli and his officers had gone through – all allegedly because of one highly corrupt
high official who is supposed to uphold justice.
And Ramli is not the only one this man from Sabah had persecuted to the full extend of the law.
Up2U: If such a senior police officer can be fixed and have to go through ‘hell’ to vindicate
himself, imagine the ordinary simple folks who get into trouble with the AG and the powers
behind him.
ApaNamaDoktor?: Syabas MCCBCHST. My personal opinion is that the government is privy and
party to Hasan Ali’s innuendoes and insinuations.
The men heading the government are more interested in remaining in power at all costs than
running the government ethically and democratically.
Anonymous: Definitely, there is government complicity in Hasan Ali’s insinuation.
Not only that, the inaction by the police in Penang in stopping the Umno/Perkasa hooligans from
hurting the reporters and hurling vulgarities at Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, is another form of
government complicity.
RR: Hasan Ali has been causing a lot of unrest amongst the various races and religions in the
country. This is sedition if his allegations cannot be proven.
MCCBCHST should make a police report to charge him and also his advisers for sedition as he is
disturbing the peace of the nation.
Louis: Hasan Ali’s intention is nothing short of causing tension and enmity between Christians
and Muslims.

He will not be satisfied until his aims are achieved. And we are wondering why he is allowed to
repeat those inflammatory remarks as and when he likes.
Will the police only take action only after blood is shed? And if his stories are true, bring them
forth and have those guilty ones charged in court.
I am sure all Christians in Malaysia, without exception, will want them put behind bars, be they
pastors, priests or what have you. Stop the lies.
Dkay: Hello MCCBCHST, all of you get together, call for a press conference, condemn Hasan and
then walk up to the PM and the Agong and hand over a written complaint. Don’t talk only.

Umno losing Malay support, says PAS MP
S Pathmawathy
8:03PM Feb 28, 2012
The reality is Umno is losing Malay support, said PAS research head Dzulkefly Ahmad, stressing
that it is “undeniable” the community has been split for years.
“But the real question that should be asked is why is the Malay support leaving Umno,” he said at
a forum titled ‘Why are Malay votes split?’.
“Before, it was just between just Umno and PAS… first in 1969 and then again in 2008… today
Malays are in PAS, PKR and DAP,” said the Kuala Selangor MP.
However, the split should not be regarded as a “curse” and “is necessary to save the Malay race”,
Dzulkefly (right) said at the Shah Alam forum, organised by Kumpulan KarangKraf.
He recounted that PAS, which was allied with Umno from 1974 to 1978, severed ties after falling
out, with the latter claiming that Umno’s governance of the country has led to various issues
affecting Muslims.
Dzulkefly added that it was for the benefit of Malays because PAS has since made progress,
together with its coalition partners in Pakatan Rakyat, in ensuring that there are checks and
balances in the country’s administration.
“We would have to distribute sex videos (allegedly) of Anwar Ibrahim (if) we were still with
Umno,” he said.
The Malay community which accounts for 60.3 percent of the population, will have a harder time

deciding on who vote for if Malay-rights groups such as Jalur Tiga (Jati) and Pertubuhan Pribumi
Perkasa (Perkasa) decide to field independent candidates, he added.
‘Lack of a common vision’
Perkasa information chief Ruslan Kasim, however, said the existence of various politic parties is
not the reason the community is divided but the lack of a common vision.
“If we were to look back at history, Malays as well as the Chinese and the Indians, were united in
opposing the formation of the Malayan Union and in the defeating the British colonisers.
“Today we need to identify a common vision,” suggested Ruslan (right), stressing that Malays
have to come together when it concerns faith.
Johor PKR chief Dr Chua Jui Meng, who was also among the panellists, also concurred with
Dzulkefly that the rift is evident. However, he opined that race-based politics are becoming
Chua (left) said that instead of targetting votes from a certain community, political parties should
be gunning on issues of rampant corruption and abuse of public funds.
Targetting Perkasa, he said, the NGO should be more vocal on issues like he National Feedlot
Corporation (NFC) controversy, capital flight and submarine commissions.
Ruslan, however, said that such matter are under investigation, particularly NFC, which is being
probed by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
However, Pandan MCA parliamentarian Ong Tee Keat said that the split is apparent among all
communities irrespective of race
“Let’s not hold on to the zero-sum game mindset. It does not mean that if one race is divided,
another race will benefit,” he reminded, adding that racial polemics has to avoided to pave the
way forward.

Christians, Muslims are siblings of the same calling
by Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi

12:16PM Feb 28, 2012

COMMENT I wish to comment on Dr Hassan Ali’s concern over the alleged attempts of Christian
missionaries in converting Muslims. He has alluded to the presence of the men-in-white who are
secretly doing Christian ‘dakwah’.
I have known Hassan Ali for a long time and my respect for him was to the extent that I had
prayed he would be one of Malaysia’s prime ministers.
I had entrusted my children’s religious and moral training to his ‘summer camp’ programme and I
deeply respect him as a man who embodies much of the character of the Prophet.
Needless to say I had wished that I would have had half of his knowlege and perhaps ‘iman’
before I leave this world.
I do not wish to deal with allegations of him coverting the chief ministership of Selangor and that
his latest ‘revelation of these Christian men-in-white affair is a tool to put him in the limelight and
find favours with leaders of his own racist mindset.
In this essay I wish to put across three important points concerning this matter. My first point is
that I find his allegation has little credibility.
My second point is that if Muslims were to have been converted to Christianity, why blame
Christians and not our way of interpreting and teaching Islam?

My final point is that, I believe that all religions are like siblings in a family and that I have found
great faith in delving into how each and every religion attempts to give solace to man concerning
the right way to find happiness in this world and the next.
With respect to the first point, I find it hard to believe that such men-in-white actually exist. Why
do I say so? Well after 50 years of living, this the first time I have heard of such a thing. Why
have we not heard of this before?
Secondly, I have seen Christians visiting many houses in my housing estate and none of them
has ever tried to strike up a converstaion with me or my family about Christianity. I wish they
would so that I could invite them in!
I have only had the Tabligh group coming to my house inviting me to the surau or masjid. Once
a Chinese lady called at my house and asked: “Hello, ini rumah orang Melayu?” When I said “yes”
she said sorry an went away.
Universal act of helping others
I have also seen those whom I think were Christians visiting Orang Asli bearing gifts of food and
other life’s necessities. Why should we be angry with the Christians? To me they are practicing
what is perhaps a universal act of helping others in order to help our souls.
I have read about this in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic teachings. Universal! Except I do
not see Muslims doing so in that manner.
The motivation gurus say that in order to stop anxiety and worry, talk to others who have an
even greater problem and your worries or anxieties will become small in comparison.
Professor Dr Eaknath Easwaran says that “we can never make ourselves happy by doing things
for ourselves, only the act of kindness and consideration to others will destroy the ego and then
truly make us happy”.
Eaknath was of course deliberating from the Bhagavad Gita.
Finally, in a country like Malaysia with a police and military force made up almost entirely of
Malay-Muslim population, I hardly think Christians would tempt fate foolishly in being too
aggressive in their missionary works.
I think the Christians have great faith in their religion but they are certainly not stupid to do such
a thing. So, I find Hassan’s allegation has little credibility, if any at all.
With respect to the second point, what if there were a few or many Muslims who have chosen to
convert to Christianity, why must we blame the Christians?
Is it enough and hunky-dory to just pass a law that says no religion can tempt another of
different faith to convert to their own? Such simplistic thinking indeed.
When I go to book shops to look for books on Islam to give my children, teenagers and young
adults reading materials on Islam, I am at a complete loss since most of the books are too
preachy and do not have any interesting presentation format to this kind of users.

Our ulamaks can preach long and loud, but they do not know how to speak to our young.
Perhaps, we can train the likes of Azril to teach religious values in his many TV shows. He could
pull in a big crowd.
Through their songs and novels
When I visit mosques to listen to ceramah and lectures, I am sad to find that their method of
delivery is still the same with long-winded explanations without much appeal to the young. Most
are without power points and the presentation formats are as dry as the bones of dinosaurs.
Now let us look at the TV shows. Well, there are some interesting ustaz trying to dump down
some values to the public but the attempt is still too conservative.
We must have a ‘waktu rehat’ kind of a sit-com that might appeal more and perhaps then ask the
ustaz to be more savvy with their moral examples and stories.
I like the books ‘Chicken Soup for …..’ series and we should have this in Islamic frames.
Incidently, I love the WALI band that sings religious rock songs and some of these lads were
trained in Pasentran or religious schools.
I think Indonesia has a much, much better way at approaching dakwah to the young through
their songs and novels. I do not like the dramas that are imported from Indonesia.
Perhaps, there are other religious-based ones that are more interesting but have failed to get
pass our religious censor board.
I think we should set up an academy of creative arts and put young men with religious education
and train them in the arts and multi-media in order to produce a generation of ‘hip ulamaks’ and
make Islam more attractive to our young.
With respect to the third point, I hold to the personal view that all religious faiths are brethrens
or siblings, Islam being the youngest in the family. Christianity and Judaism, I view as older
brothers with Hinduism being the eldest to my knowledge.
The reformative ideas of Buddhism stems from Hinduism and can be considered part of the same
family of religions. I can’t understand why Muslims hate to be viewed in this manner. My article
on Malay-Muslims and the Perfect Religion Syndrome explains much of this view.
For me, I find great joy in reading many books about ‘Positive Thinking, Inspiring Messages’ and
‘You Are What You Think’ by the Christian psychologist Dr Norman Vincent Peale. His books have
helped me a great deal in dealing with anxiety isssues as well as cultivate a closer relationship
with God.
He has virtually eliminated any feeling of resentment on those I find difficult to deal with.
The books of Eaknath on meditation, commentary of the Bhagavad Gita and controlling the mind,
help train the mind to focus at will and not let it wander ceaselessly.
His commentary of the Bhagavad Gita teaches me that the path to the love of God is through
subjugating the ego and the way to do that is to put others first.

Readings of Islamic religious texts gives me much information but their style is not as exciting
and motivational as the books described above, simply because the texts are translation of

classical work such as those of Imam Ghazali, Ar-Rumi and Abdul Qadir Jailani.
Two thoughts from YouTube lecture
Only the work of modernists like Dr Aidh in his famous book ‘Don’t Be Sad’ comes close to an
easy and consoling motivational work.
Thus, if we view all religions as one big happy family, imagine the resources that we have to tap
on in discovering the true meaning of happiness. Let us not get involved into a debate of ‘my
religion is true ergo yours is not’.
Some Muslims insist that there must be sombody who is right and somebody that is wrong.
Simple. Well, I beg to differ. If you have five children like me, can you claim to love one child less
than the others?
I love all of them equally whether one is bad tempered or good natured or what have you, they
are all my children.
If you were a parent who can insist that he or she loves one of his or her children more than the
others, I am afraid to tell you that you are indeed a ‘bad’ parent to do so.
Finally I wish to summarise what I understand from a YouTube lecture given by Profesor Dr
Muhammad Tahir al-Qudri on ‘Signs that Allah Loves You’. Two things caught my attention.
First, he said that we must annihilate our worldly-selves in order to open our hearts to the divine
attributes of love from Allah.
We must disassociate from our love of positions, wealth, popularity and many other vices in order
to receive the attributes of the divine. One of the attributes of Allah is that he loves all mankind,
whether good or bad, wealthy or poor, Christians or Muslims and so forth.
So, if we Muslims were imbued with his love and attributes we too would love all mankind,
whether Muslims or of other faiths. Even Khurram Murad in his book ‘In the Early Hours’ wrote
that the Prophet says one of the signs of iman is to love all man for Allah’s sake.
Of course, those who have done wrong with criminal acts must be punished and we shall hate
their deeds but still open our hearts for them if they recite their ‘tauba’ or repentance.
Thus, if all religions teach that love for others is paramount to seeking true happiness and
enlightenment, what are we doing mistrusting one another? Which religion is true and which is
false? That is the wrong question and certainly the wrong discourse.
We should strive to be the best at attaining the divine attributes of love and care for others in
whichever religion we profess, and let every individual choose their own path.
Lao Tze said “the way that can be told is not the eternal way”. Our own paths are ours and ours
alone to determine and no one person can make this journey for us except our own self. The
journey of a thousand steps begin with our own feet… and not others.
In closing, I wish Hassan Ali well in his career and hope that he can still be one of our great
leaders of this country. I still have faith in him to do what is right for others in this country and
not for his own selfish calling.

Only then is true leadership born. No self-appointed leader is acknowledged by history nor any
that is propped up by parties of vested interests. I plead to Hassan Ali not to stoke the fires of
religious and racial hatred in this country for the sake of his and my children and for the sake of
all caring citizens of this country.
PROF DR MOHAMAD TAJUDDIN MOAMAD RASDI is a 23-year veteran academic and teaches
architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He specialises in mosque and Islamic architecture
particularly that which relates to Malaysia using a hadith-based and socio-cultural approach in
order to create the total idea of built environment suited for a whole social structure.


Tee Keat may jump ship with hung Parliament, Soi Lek claims

By Ida Lim
December 28, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 ― MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has suggested that his rival and predecessor Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat may quit the party if there is no clear winner to the next general election.Dr Chua made the remarks yesterday to a group of pro-Umno bloggers at his office. An aide to the MCA president confirmed the remarks.According to Syed Akbar Ali (, a pro-Umno blogger who attended the meeting, Dr Chua had said there were factions in MCA and the only way to overcome this would be to work hard.“Revisiting the issue of factionalism and lack of support, he spoke bluntly about the Ong Tee Keat faction trying to sabotage him in Melaka. Dr Chua feels that if there is a hung Parliament after the general elections, Ong Tee Keat may just pack his bags and leave. Like Chua Jui Ming,” Syed Akbar wrote on his blog.

When asked about Dr Chua’s remarks, Ong told The Malaysian Insider that it was up to the MCA president to “imagine what he likes”.

“He can imagine what he likes… none of my business, and that is his freedom but please do respect other people’s freedom,” Ong told The Malaysian Insider.

When asked if he was leading any factions within MCA, Ong said he paid no heed to such “hearsay and gossip”.

“I’m not interested in this kind of hearsay and gossip and irresponsible fabrication. I never bothered to read that kind of things,” the former MCA president said.

He also pointed out that he hardly goes to Malacca.

When asked if he wanted to deny the allegations written in the blog, Ong said: “What is there to deny or admit? I don’t read that kind of trash.”

In the same blog post, Syed Akbar wrote that Dr Chua (left) had pointed out that he had beaten two former MCA presidents ― Ong and Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting ― in the party polls to become the current president.

“Coming back to Ong Tee Keat, he says (again with a bit of tongue in cheek) that he is the first MCA president who defeated two former party presidents to secure the MCA presidency. He says he is not boasting but it is a matter of fact. So he says he can defeat any number of factions in the MCA,” Syed wrote.

Ong had been elected to head the party in 2008, before an internal struggle led to a re-election in 2010, which Dr Chua won to take over as MCA president.

It is understood that Ong is favoured by senior leaders in Umno to defend his Pandan parliamentary seat because of his personal popularity.

But rival Dr Chua is understood to prefer another candidate.

The MCA president also faces questions about whether he should stand as a candidate for Barisan Nasional, because of his sex scandal history.

In late 2007, video copies of Dr Chua engaged in sex acts with his mistress were circulated publicly, and led to his resignation as health minister.

He was also not put up as a candidate in Election 2008, but made a political comeback in MCA later.



When Patrick Teoh insulted Islam and the GE-13 date

At a time when polemic on the use of the word Allah began to tapper down, a radio announcer who is also an actor, Patrick Teoh, came up with a disparaging remark against Islam in his social web site.

The statement was made by Patrick following the action of Kedah Pas in issuing guideline to bar women from taking part in cultural shows in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year. The DAP too condemned the directive.

Mummy Rokiah blog ( says, Patrick often use vulgar and uncouth words in his micro social network in the name of freedom of expression.

“Today Patrick Teoh faces the music. The Patrick Teoh posting expose what he and the like-minded group really are. They are foul-mouthed and rude. Patrick Teoh cannot ask for apology before he received the punishment.

“Everybody should know that there is a limit to Muslim tolerance. The Muslims are prepared to die in protecting the sacred name of Islam. Let nobody insult Allah SWT and the Apostle of Allah,” she says.

Double-Y blog ( also find it puzzling that Muslim leaders in the opposition pact are silent on the issue.

“This is what happened when the opposition go crazy with their fight for freedom of speech and liberty of religion. Islam has been under siege by the day – by non-Muslim who is getting big headed.

“But as usual, after injuring the feeling of Muslims, the Chinese chauvinist group easily asks for apology…how long more can we wait when the sanctity of our religion is being sneered by the infidels in DAP which is supported by PKR and Pas?” he says.

Suara Pakatan Rakyat ( meanwhile demands on the opposition pact to distance itself from Patrick Teoh and to avoid being link to him, especially the DAP.

This is because such statement is detrimental to the image of the opposition pact although he is not a member of any party either PKR, DAP or Pas.

It is better of the opposition pact to issue official statement immediately condemning Patrick Teoh in the party’s official organ and the mainstream media.

“Pas celebrity like Bob Lokman should also be bar from issuing statement defending Patrick because this writer feels that nobody would accept Bob Lokman’ argument that Patrick Teoh do not understand Islam,” he says.

The blog also urge the DAP to bar the celebrity from attending official function until Muslim forget about the issue.

Labour shortage, higher costs for Malaysia after Indonesia wage hike

By Clara Chooi,
Assistant News Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 — Indonesia’s minimum wage hike plans will place Malaysian oil palm plantation firms in a quandary next year as many skilled Indonesian harvesters working in estates here will likely return home for better salaries, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The international business paper added that this would come even as Malaysian estates in Indonesia find themselves struggling with the higher labour costs, which could go up by up to 49 per cent, depending on which province or municipality.

The WSJ pointed out that Malaysia’s palm oil and rubber sectors are presently already short of some 60,000 workers, but once Indonesia offers higher salaries to its planters, an exodus of skilled Indonesian labour from estates here would be inevitable.

The paper added that growers have already warned that the minimum wage plan, which has been the centre of a string of strident protests by workers demanding better benefits, would mark the end of affordable labour in Indonesia.

“The number of Indonesian workers coming over to work the fields [in Malaysia] will fall drastically,” the WSJ quoted a company executive at a Malaysia-listed plantation company with estates in the state of Sabah on Borneo island as saying.

“We could hire workers from countries such as Bangladesh but they aren’t as adept as the Indonesians at [oil palm fruit] harvesting.”

Malaysian firms currently account for around a quarter of all oil palm estates in the main growing regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia, where most of Indonesia’s oil palm estates are located.

According to the WSJ, palm oil shipments account for some nine per cent and 11 per cent of earnings for Indonesia and Malaysia respectively, the world’s top two exporters of the commodity.

Speaking to the WSJ, Sime Darby Bhd’s plantation division executive vice-president Franki Anthony Dass agreed that the major wage hikes in Indonesia and improved job prospects will add to labour supply problems for harvesters needed in Malaysia.

The paper said that as Malaysia is currently on a drive to boost output and ensure sufficient domestic supplies to add value to its downstream commodity processing, the country would need every harvester it could attract into the industry.

“But rising wages and decreased labour availability may force producers to increase their reliance on machines,” said the WSJ report.

Quoting Kuala Lumpur-based plantation analyst at Kenanga Investment Bank Alan Lim Seong Chun, the WSJ wrote that plantation firms here must move towards improving the mechanising of its harvesting process in order to make up for shortages in manpower.

The paper noted that growers have already warned that a labour shortage could keep average annual yields of palm oil at four tons per hectare, which is significantly lower than the government’s targeted yield of six tons per hectare by 2020.

Labour shortage aside, Malaysian firms in Indonesia will also see their production costs rise drastically when wages are hiked.

Firms like Sime Darby, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, IOI Corp Bhd and FELDA had ironically parked themselves in Sumatra and Kalimantan years ago in search of plantation properties due to its low-wage workers.

According to Dass, labour costs at plantations could soon account for up to 25 per cent of the production costs after the wage hike, a significant rise from the current 20 per cent.

But senior plantation analyst at CIMB Investment Bank told the WSJ that the cost impact would vary at different locations as only those with operations in areas where the wage floor hike is more drastic, would be greatly affected.

Bersih Melatih Rakyat Malaysia Untuk Mengesan Penipuan Dalam PRU13

KUALA LUMPUR: Penipuan pilihan raya perlu dilakukan secara berhati-hati semasa pilihan raya umum (PRU) ke 13 oleh kerana ribuan yang dilatih akan membantu Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dan pihak polis untuk mengesan penipuan dan keganasan politik pada hari mengundi.

Selain daripada ejen pengiraan undi yang dilantik calon bertanding di setiap pusat mengundi, terdapat sekumpulan lagi pemerhati yang akan memantau kem SPR di luar dan di dalam sementara pengundi  menentukan siapa yang bakal mengawal Putrajaya selepas ini.

Mereka adalah “pemantau rakyat” Bersih 2.0 – rakyat biasa yang akan mengundi pada hari tersebut, tetapi terlatih oleh pakar pilihan raya tempatan tentang bagaimana untuk memantau penipuan yang mungkin berlaku dan apa yang boleh dilakukan dengan maklumat tersebut.

Dalam temuramah bersama The Malaysian Insider baru-baru ini, Pengerusi Bersama Bersih 2.0 Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan menerangkan disebalik inisiatif “pemantau rakyat”, kempen yang digelar “Jom Pantau” yang akan dilancarkan bersama “Jom 100” pada bulan ini, sebagai percubaan kumpulan tersebut untuk memastikan pilihan raya ke-13 dijalankan secara adil.

Ambiga, yang kini mendapat pengiktirafan antarabangsa diatas usahanya bersama kumpulan reformasi pilihan raya itu, berkata sebabnya mudah – walaupun banyak perubahan dan jaminan dari SPR dan kerajaan, Bersih 2.0 masih percaya pilihan raya akan datang akan menjadi paling kotor dalam sejarah Malaysia.

Beliau berkata ini disebabkan mereka yang berkuasa terdapat terlalu banyak dipertaruhkan apabila pilihan raya dijalankan, dan tahap kesedaran rakyat tentang mengundi meningkat, dan dengan rasa tanggungjawab awam memuncak dirasai oleh pengundi hari ini, mereka yang mahu menipu akan lakukan apa sahaja asalkan hasrat mereka terlaksana.

“Kita ada keganasan politik masih berlaku sehingga hari ini. Tetapi polis tidak menangkap sesiapa. Ia kelihatan seolah-olah sesetengah orang boleh bertindak dengan sewenang-wenangnya.

“Pada hari mengundi nanti, keganasan politik adalah apabila anda menakutkan orang ramai untuk ke pusat mengundi, apabila adanya ugutan dan sesetengah orang akan menjadi emosional… jangan lupa, kebanyakan mereka ini datang dari parti politik yang sudah banyak menabur wang untuk pilihan raya ini.

“Tetapi apa yang bimbang adalah tentang bagaimana semua orang melepaskan diri dengan ini… Sekarang polis adalah partisan, mereka menerima arahan memberitahu mereka untuk tidak mengambil tindakan,” katanya.

“Saya rasa hanya penakut sahaja akan lakukannya, mereka yang akan tewas, mereka yang takut untuk tewas akan lakukan begini. Jika tidak, mereka tidak perlu takut langsung.”

Ambiga menceritakan pahit getir Bersih sepanjang beberapa tahun lalu bermula dari perhimpunan sebelum pilihan raya 2008, kepada perhimpunan 9 Julai pada tahun 2011, dan duduk bantah pada 28 April, dan walaupun segala kerja keras, dan berkata walaupun semua kerja keras, reformasi pilihan raya kerajaan amat menyedihkan, separuh masak dan tidak ikhlas pada tahap terbaik.

“Tidak ada ketulenan tentang niat mereka untuk berubah. Tidak ada langsung,” katanya lagi.

Tetapi beliau berkata, Bersih 2.0 adalah badan pemantau yang menjadi pemangkin kepada pergerakan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO), mengambil keputusan untuk tidak menyerah kalah begitu sahaja.

Gabungan itu mungkin tidak dapat meyakinkan kerajaan berkenaan hasrat mereka tentang keperluan perubahan proses pilihan raya, seperti menghapuskan ribuan senarai nama meragukan dalam daftar pemilih, dan mengakhiri keganasan politik, tetapi Ambiga mengatakan Bersih 2.0 sudah mencapai pencapaian yang membanggakan.

“Kita sudah berjaya menyedarkan ramai orang,” katanya lagi.

“Kerana itu Januari ini, kita akan buat dua kempen untuk menyedarkan rakyat Malaysia untuk mengundi dan mengesan penipuan pilihan raya.

Ambiga berkata Bersih 2.0, dengan bantuan Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas) dan Rakyat Malaysia untuk Pilihan Raya Bebas dan Adil Bebas (Mafrel), akan bekerjasama untuk memastikan lebih ramai “pemantau rakyat” untuk memantau dengan menggunakan media sosial dan melalui telefon.

Sebuah lagi NGO, Tindak Malaysia, sudah melakukan latihan dan merekrut agen pengira undi atau “PACABA” – individu yang dilantik setiap calon untuk memerhatikan pengiraan undi di dalam pusat mengundi sendiri.

Bercakap kepada The Malaysian Insider baru-baru ini, pegawai program Komas Arul Prakash menawarkan untuk menunjukkan latihan kumpulan tersebut bagi program “Jom Pantau”.

Beliau menjelaskan kesalahan yang kerap berlaku sebelum semasa pilihan raya adalah politik wang dan penyalahgunaan jentera kerajaan, kedua-dua peringkat persekutuan dan negeri, semasa kempen pilihan raya.

“Mereka mengadakan jamuan makan malam mewah dan besar atas nama parti dan jabatan kerajaan.

“Ini yang perkara asas yang kita mahu orang ramai pantau,” katanya lagi.

“Selain itu, kita mahu orang turun ke peringkat bawah, jadi jika ada yang merancang penipuan, mereka akan berfikir dua kerana kali ini, mereka sedang diperhatikan,” katanya lagi.

Arul berkata objektif utama “Jom Pantau” untuk memastikan penipu kurang jumlahnya berbanding pemantau Bersih 2.0 dan menghalang mereka dari melakukan sebarang kesalahan pada hari mengundi.

Beliau berkata Komas sudah merekrut 300 pemantau yang didaftarkan di bawah “Jom Pantau” tetapi Bersih 2.0 berharap untuk menarik sekurang-kurangnya seribu lagi, untuk memastikan setiap kawasan mempunyai kumpulan yang cukup untuk memantau proses pengundian.

Untuk mendaftar sebagai pemantau rakyat, individu perlu untuk melawat laman web Jom Pantau

“Kita akan mendedahkan siri latihan kita dan maklumat lain apabila kita melancarkan kempen pada Januari. Sekarang ini, kita sedang memperkukuhkan strategi,” katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, Tindak Malaysia sudah melatih PACABA dalam beberapa bulan sudah. Walaupun inisiatif init tidak melibatkan “Jom Pantau” Bersih 2.0, Ambiga mengatakan mereka sangat penting bagi memastikan pilihan raya adalah bersih dari manipulasi.

Bercakap kepada The Malaysian Insider baru-baru ini, wakil Tindak PY Wong memberitahu bahawa PACABA adalah “benteng terakhir” dalam pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil.

“Kamu boleh ada semua pemantau pilihan raya dalam dunia tetapi tanpa latihan yang mencukupi bagi agen mengundi dan pengiraan undi, ia tidak bermakna.

“Ini seperti mengunci pintu selepas kuda dicuri. Sebab itu kita merasakan Tindak Malaysia boleh memberi sumbangan besar kepada masyarakat sivil,” katanya lagi.

Wong menjelaskan bahawa terdapat banyak kemungkinan untuk melakukan penipuan pada hari pengundian — sepanjang proses keseluruhan “aliran kertas”, dari cek inventori, bahan-bahan pilihan raya seperti kertas-kertas undi dan daftar pemilih sendiri, dan akhirnya, pengiraan undi sebelum keputusan disahkan, diterima dan diumumkan.

Sebagai contoh, beliau berkata bahawa kesahihan kertas undi adalah serampang dua mata – nombor siri dan cop mesti disahkan dan diperiksa untuk memastikan bahawa tidak ada undi pendua.

Beliau menambah proses pengundian berjalan antara 8 pagi hingga 5 petang, agen pusat pengundian perlu memastikan hanya pengundi tulen sahaja dibenarkan untuk mengundi.

“Dan pastikan mereka tidak mengundi dua kali. Tetapi jangan lupa… kita mrmpunyai ramai muka untuk diingati, dan kita biarkan proses menjadi rujukan bagi memastikan tidak ada penipuan,” katanya.

Wong memberitahu bahawa dakwat kekal yang ditunggu-tunggu akan digunakan bagi memastikan tidak berlakunya pengundian dua kali dalam pilihan raya, akan tetapi beliau memberi amaran penipuan masih boleh berlaku walaupun menggunakan teknik ini.

“Walaupun dakwat kekal akan digunakan kali ini, ia dicipta untuk gagal,” katanya.

Wong memberitahu terdapat kurangn undang-undang untuk memastikan penggunaan dakwat kekal bebas daripada penipuan.

Beliau berkata seorang individu boleh ke tempat mengundi menggunakan gam lutsinar di jarinya, dan selepas ditandakan dakwat kekal, individu tersebut boleh membasuh keluar gam dan dakwat tersebut serta mengundi sekali lagi.

Satu lagi contoh lain, Wong berkata dakwat itu haruslah ditandakan selepas individu itu mengundi, tetapi dalam prosedur terkini di bawah sistem SPR, ia dilakukan sebelum pengundi mengundi.

Beliau berkata ini membuang masa dan boleh mengganggu proses pilihan raya, dengan menafikan hak pengundi dari menjalankan tanggungjawab sebelum jam 5 petang.

“Kami mempunyai penyelesaian… keluarkan penandaan pada jari dari proses mengundi. Jadi, anda boleh kembali ke cara lama… itu sahaja sekali undi dibuang, ada akan ada dua botol dakwat disediakan untuk menandakan, dan bukannya satu… ini akan membantu mematuhi dengan keperluan masa, “katanya.

Wong mengatakan, seperti aktivis Bersih 2.0 yang mengadu idea mereka telah dibantah oleh pegawai pilihan raya dalam SPR.

“Sebab itu saya mengatakan kita boleh berharap dari pemantau rakyat untuk faktor pencegahan, pada akhirnya nanti, kita semua mahukan ia berjalan dengan betul. Apakah kita mahu undi kita dikira?” katanya lagi.

Tetapi Ambiga masih percaya jika penipuan pilihan raya terus berlaku, hanya penglibatan orang ramai secara besar-besaran dalam pengundian boleh mengatasi penipuan tersebut.

Peguam merangkap aktivis itu menegaskan kejayaan Bersih yang terbesar setakat ini — rakyat Malaysia kini lebih sedar kepentingan undi tunggal boleh menjadi reformasi yang diperjuangkan oleh kumpulan tersebut.

“Itu cukup kuat, jika rakyat boleh melihat adanya harapan, jika Bersih diberikan harapan, kita akan terus jadi kuat,” katanya lagi.

Oleh Clara Chooi / The Malaysian Insider

Thanks to Nuffnang, I watched Life of Pi two nights back at GSC Signature @ the Gardens. Life of Pi has been making quite a lot of buzz in recent weeks and I have to admit, I haven’t read the book and I don’t know what this movie is all about before stepping into the cinema.

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Life Of Pi Plot Summary: Director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.


Life of Pi is an awesomely stunning movie in terms of visuals, the film was shot beautifully and with the help of a more advance technology resulting in better interpretation of visual effects; the cinematic experience which Life of Pi has to offer is definitely one mystical experience that you must not miss.

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

You know, I was wondering to myself – what’s with a story featuring a boy and a tiger being stranded in the middle of Pacific ocean? I’m sure a lot of you thinks the same way as well and trust me, watch the movie.

It’s not the usual blockbusters we get to watch but I kinda like it. It is very imaginative and it makes you think, not think hard but think deep, not that kinda deep that will mess up with your mind but more like it will make you re-evaluate some values/perspective in life.

Life Of Pi which was based on a novel has a solid story and under the vision of Lee Ang, the end result of the movie is a spectacular visual story. That itself makes this film a movie worth watching.

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Sometimes, the mysterious, beautiful nature of life can be nonsense and the best thing we can do as humans is to take time to appreciate it. Like the story itself, our lives-the nature of life is circular through endless counts of cycles through various highs and lows, hope and despair, love and loss. Still, we have to embrace it and live on, understand life in our own way and interpret the nature of things around us.

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

The beautiful yet mysterious world, religion and science, what an interesting take. Movies like this do not come out that often, especially when it’s visually stunning. Go watch it in 3D! By the way, Richard Parker is awesome. Everyone has a Richard Parker in their lives, a character that has to exist in order for you to strive and live on.

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

Movie Review : Life Of Pi in 3D

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Malaysia Airlines losses narrow in 2Q2012

15-Aug-2012 12:33 PM

Malaysia Airlines revenue down 6% – financial highlights:

  • Three months ended 30-Jun-2012:
    • Operating revenue: MYR3217 million (USD1038 million), -6.0% year-on-year;
    • Operating costs: MYR3403 million (USD1098 million), -13.2%;
    • Operating profit (loss): (MYR101.9 million) (USD32.9 million), compared to a loss of MYR442.8 million (USD142.9 million) in p-c-p;
    • Net profit (loss): (MYR349.2 million) (USD112.7 million), compared to a loss of MYR526.7 million (USD169.9 million) in p-c-p;
  • Six months ended 30-Jun-2012:
    • Operating revenue: MYR6282 million (USD2027 million), -4.2%;
    • Operating costs: MYR6825 million (USD2202 million), -8.4%;
    • Operating profit (loss): (MYR408.8 million) (USD131.9 million), compared to a loss of MYR783.4 million (USD252.7 million) in p-c-p;
    • Net profit (loss): (MYR521.0 million) (USD168.1 million), compared to a loss of MYR769.0 million (USD248.1 million) in p-c-p;
    • Total assets: MYR15,333 million (USD4947 million), +22.7% when compared to period ended 31-Dec-2011;
    • Cash and bank balances: MYR1980 million (USD638.7 million), +95.2% when compared to period ended 31-Dec-2011;
    • Total liabilities: MYR13,825 million (USD4460 million), +20.8% when compared to period ended 31-Dec-2011. [more – original PR]

*Based on the average conversion rate at USD1 = MYR3.0996 for the period


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